Myla’s fight to win against aplastic anaemia

Four-year-old Myla has been diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia

Myla in her ballet outfit

Bubbly four-year-old Myla from Sheffield is a big fan of Sheffield Wednesday and loves swimming, gymnastics, and ballet. Her biggest dream is to dance with her ballet school at Disneyland Paris. There’s a major barrier to Myla’s dream though.

In December 2017, Myla and her family’s lives were rocked following a life-changing discovery. Danielle, Myla’s mum, had noticed some bruising to Myla’s body. After a trip to the hospital little Myla was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia.

Sadly, since her diagnosis Myla has been unable to do the things she loves, as she has a very weak immune system. Myla’s family has been told her best chance of living a longer and healthy life is a bone marrow transplant from a matching blood stem cell donor.

Danielle and John, Myla’s parents, are urging as many people as possible to register as potential lifesavers – “This could save many people’s lives, not just Myla’s!... It’s easy, quick and simple [to register as a potential blood stem cell donor].”

If you’re aged 17-55 and in general good health, please register as a potential lifesaver today. You could be helping Myla, or someone like her, achieve their dream in life!

If you have already registered, you’re currently on standby to give those, like Myla, a second chance of life. However, you can still help by making a money donation in support of the fight against blood cancer as part of Myla’s campaign and by spreading the word amongst family, friends and colleagues. The more people that register as a potential blood stem cell donor the more lives that can potentially be saved.

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Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

Your age, location and health are important

See if you are eligible

As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

Do you live in the UK or British Islands?

DKMS in the UK accepts registrations from the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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We can only register people who live in the UK.

 

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To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.

 

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To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

 

Have you had any of these conditions?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Weight under 7 stone 12lbs/50kg
  • Obesity (i.e. body mass index (BMI) >40) 
  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
  • Severe tropical infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis 
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes or rheumatism)
  • Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past). Exception: Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if  fully removed)
  • Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of our team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620 or sending an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A three-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.